In this article I must pay my respects to the great Hypatia. Born in 370 CE, as a pagan, she became the First Woman of science, mathematics, astronomy, philosophy and athletics. In short, she was a Renaissance Woman more than a millennium ahead of the Renaissance itself. And like those ahead of their time, she was frowned upon by the old guards, the worst being the Christian Bishop Cyril.
[Ed. Note] The Church seems to have always been filled with sanctioned fear and violence, which is proof of their lack of love as we are told in 1 John 4:18-21.
18 There is no fear in love: but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath punishment; and he that feareth is not made perfect in love.
19 We love, because he first loved us.
20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, cannot love God whom he hath not seen.
21 And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God love his brother also.
The Church feared the intellectual teachings of Hypatia and hated her, and this is the result.
She was jeered by the retarded among the young Turks, though among them she also found her disciples.
She had many loves, but never married, her devotion being to intellectual inquiry and the dissemination of truth based on reason; she was outspoken to a fault in an anti-intellectual society which, when she was 21, much to her devastation, they burned the great Alexandria Library to the ground.
And then, in 415, she was pulled from her chariot by the mob led by Cyril.
She was dragged into a church.
She was stripped naked.
Then she was flayed alive with abalone shells and pottery shards, until her flesh hung in tethers from exposed bones, and her still quivering and blood soaked remains were thrown to the flames.
Ask 100 people in the street about Hypatia, and 99 would not know who she was, when in truth, hers was one of the greatest stories fate had ever told. Not only did the church and authorities cut her to pieces and burned her to death in the fire, they had buried her courageous life stories in their vault of shame. My hope is that my words will do their small parts to resurrect her brave soul, back into immortality. Amen.
[Ed. Note] Then, to make matters even worse, the Church made the
murderous Cyril a saint. This same kind of Church ignorance, lack of love,
and violence is unfortunately very much alive today, but it is now mostly
directed toward animals and the people who care about them. Billions of
animals suffer and die every year to satisfy human lusts and greed, and many
compassionate people have have been ridiculed or otherwise made to feel
uncomfortable to the extent that they left their congregations. If the
Church truly practiced the perfect love of Jesus Christ, none of this would
happen, and we would have a world filled with the heavenly will of God.